Gilliat,a fisherman/smuggler is in jail, and is offered a pardon, if he undertakes a mission to sail to France to rescue Douchette, an English agent, whose cover has been blown,and who has now been jailed. Gilliat accepts the challenge.
The sailing vessel Cannibal has a leaking hull. The captain (Rock Hudson) reluctantly changes course for Honolulu, where one passenger (Cyd Charisse) is wanted by the law. The water rising, everyone struggles against nature to survive.
In London, stuffy statesman Carter Harrison meets Toni, a Bohemian artist with a hot Italian temper. The two impulsively marry and then find that they disagree on everything. Shortly ... See full summary »
At the end of 1856, in Northeast India's Malakai Pass, British Colonial troops under the command of Captain Jeffrey Steven Claybourne are staging an attack on Indian rebels' position. The rebels are part of a major Indian uprising against the rule of the British East India Company which acts as a sovereign power on behalf of the British Crown. British colonial troops, formed with local recruits called Sepoys are divided between soldiers loyal to the British Crown and mutineers fighting against their former masters. Captain Claybourne has no reasons to be concerned with the loyalties of the Sepoys under his command. He is loved and respected by his soldiers, especially after he disobeys retreat orders and rushes to the aid of a doomed company of Sepoys which is caught in a meat-grinder during an ill-planned attack. Despite victory, the beloved captain is court-martialed for disobeying orders and cashiered out of the army. As a civilian, the ex-captain goes on safari but at one of the ...Written by
Medals worn by the soldiers include the India General Service Medal (1854) (worn by Claybourne, Blaine and Morrow and others) and the Crimean War Medal (1854) (worn by Claybourne, Blaine). Colonel Morrow's other medals are unable to be clearly identified. See more »
The India General Service Medal (1854) was always issued with a clasp denoting the campaign. None of the ribbons seen in the film bear clasps. The Crimean War Medal was issued with and without clasps, so it is not inaccurate for Claybourne and Blaine to wear ribbons lacking clasps. See more »
"Bengal Brigade" is a strange movie for two reasons in particular-- the casting as well as its championing British colonialism. As far as the casting goes, several Americans without even a hint of a British accent were cast (such as Rock Hudson and Arlene Dahl)...and Hudson seemed completely out of place here. By the 1950s, the British Empire was being split apart and colonialism was on its way out and India had already gained its independence...yet this American film is another 'Hizzuh and three cheers for the Empire' sort of picture they made in the 1930s. We are supposed to be rooting for the Brits in this one...though the Indians were fighting for self-determination, an admirable thing!
The film begins with Captain Claybourne (Hudson) being court martialed unfairly. The problem was that the man in charge during battle was indecisive and suffering from anxiety...and Claybourne took command. Later, the C.O. lied to save his reputation and Claybourne was charged with disobeying and striking his C.O....and soon he's out of the British army. There's some stuff after this...but it's all unimportant until the great Sepoy Rebellion which breaks out soon thereafter (in 1857)...and the film actually did a very good job of explaining it...most other films set during this time don't bother explaining why many Indians revolted against British rule.
Overall, a rather dull film that covers a lot of familiar material but which seems hopelessly out of date with changing times and attitudes.
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